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    06-17-2013, 12:24 PM
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Foal
Buying my "first horse" and I'm terrified!

Over the years I have ridden 20 some odd horses, my family always had horses and I work for a trainer. I have owned 3 of my own which were all gimmes. I have been seriously riding for about two years now and barrel race. My old reliable horse is, well getting old. So recently I have been seriously shopping for a horse, I shop all the time just not with intent to buy. Now that there's money on the table and it's serious I feel sick. I didn't realize how much stress looking for a new horse could be. I'm terrified any horse I look at won't be "the one" and I'll make the wrong choice and won't be happy with my purchase. After all I have such a perfect relationship with my horse now I'm scared the new horse won't live up to that expectation.

I went and rode the first horse that I've considered buying and I really really liked him. He is pretty much at the level and age I'm looking for. The only draw back is he's a paint and I'm a sucker for sorrels with a big blaze. Do you take color into consideration when looking for the horse? Secondly he's the only horse I've tried and I don't want to be one of those people who buy the first thing they see. I'm going to ride him at least two more times and take a set of experienced eyes with me. To make sure I really like. The lady who owns him is really helpful and knows a lot of the same people I do. That's how I found out about him. She's not a horse trader and doesn't buy and sell horses for a living. I feel really comfortable with her and the horse is stunning, sweet, and shows a lot of potential. Ireally like him even if he's black and white.

Any tips or advice to help me on my endeavour?
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    06-17-2013, 12:35 PM
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Green Broke
Look at many different horses, don't just fall for the first one you see.

Don't expect this horse to live up to your old guy. Think about how long it took you to form a relationship with him! Now if you get on a horse and immediately hate him, for whatever reason, then I would obviously pass but I wouldn't expect the two of you know each other inside and out on the second "date".

Lastly, I would never pass a horse based on color. You CANNOT ride color, though getting a color you like is the icing on the cake! Conformation, skill, price range and temperament should be considered WAY before color.
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    06-17-2013, 01:07 PM
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Green Broke
I'd definitely ride him a few times before making up your mind, especially since you haven't gone to see any other horses. As you've suggested, definitely have some experienced friends come along with you (especially if you can get a trainer you trust to go), and consider asking to take the horse on a 30-day trial.

As far as color goes, it depends on how set you are on getting the sorrel with a blaze. There are almost certainly horses like that out there with the age/experience you're looking for, but it's going to take you a lot longer to find the right one, and you might fall into the trap of overlooking other, bigger flaws just because you like how the horse looks.

FWIW, I almost bought the 2nd horse I looked at, largely because she was (on paper) exactly what I had always wanted. She ended up being downright dangerous to handle once the owner wasn't around (the vet couldn't even finish the PPE!) and it took me several months after that to find my horse. I'm glad I did, though, because I've had him over a year now and I'm still pretty sure he's the best horse ever
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    06-17-2013, 02:22 PM
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Foal
Thank for the advice y'all! Hopefully I can turn this into a great experience instead of a scary one!

SlideStop you're right about the color that will definitely go on the back burner!

I do have a question about a PPE, which I will be getting on any horse I really consider purchasing. There aren't a whole lot of vets in my area that do equine, well none that I think are qualified enough. The trainer I work for has a vet that visits the barn frequently, that specializes in performance horses and does all the PPE's here. Is it too much to ask to take the horse to my job to get vet checked? Or do I need to find a vet to travel to her place?
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    06-17-2013, 03:26 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Boomer11    
Thank for the advice y'all! Hopefully I can turn this into a great experience instead of a scary one!

SlideStop you're right about the color that will definitely go on the back burner!

I do have a question about a PPE, which I will be getting on any horse I really consider purchasing. There aren't a whole lot of vets in my area that do equine, well none that I think are qualified enough. The trainer I work for has a vet that visits the barn frequently, that specializes in performance horses and does all the PPE's here. Is it too much to ask to take the horse to my job to get vet checked? Or do I need to find a vet to travel to her place?
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I don't know of any seller that would allow a horse off their premise.
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    06-17-2013, 05:35 PM
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I don't know of any seller that would allow a horse off their premise.
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That's sorta what I was thinking...
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    06-17-2013, 05:52 PM
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Green Broke
I know people say "try around" and "be tough" but sometimes the first one you try is the right one. With my first horse I tried a few, I was a novice kid. But for my second horse we weren't even seriously looking. I saw an ad in the paper, organised a time to see him. He just was right for me at that stage. Training, age, height, price. What more could you want?

As far as colour, and looks in general go, don't buy a horse based on colour unless it's going to be important to the riding you do. You can base on colour if you really want, but if you have limited funds it might be hard finding a horse that is really suitable. However, if you really don't like a colour, or the looks of a horse, then don't buy it. You're going to have to look at it and ride it every day and if you don't like it then it's always going to bother you.
     
    06-17-2013, 06:06 PM
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Foal
That's true Saskia!

Unfortunately I just heard from the lady and although she said the price was negotiable and backed down several hundred dollars, after talking to her husband he decided the price was firm and wouldn't budge. I was surprised at how upset I got knowing that this horse could possibly be out of my reach now. I will be going to look at two more horses next week that are definitely in my price range.
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    06-17-2013, 06:09 PM
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Honestly having your own horse is just the best thing because you can ride them as often as you like, and though it's more expensive you don't have to deal with other people teaching them bad habits.. only the habits you instill.

If you have a riding instructor you can work with, bring them along and try a few horses. Then pick which one fits with what you're looking for.

Best of luck!! Don't be scared :)
     
    06-18-2013, 09:55 AM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Saskia    
I know people say "try around" and "be tough" but sometimes the first one you try is the right one. With my first horse I tried a few, I was a novice kid. But for my second horse we weren't even seriously looking. I saw an ad in the paper, organised a time to see him. He just was right for me at that stage. Training, age, height, price. What more could you want?

As far as colour, and looks in general go, don't buy a horse based on colour unless it's going to be important to the riding you do. You can base on colour if you really want, but if you have limited funds it might be hard finding a horse that is really suitable. However, if you really don't like a colour, or the looks of a horse, then don't buy it. You're going to have to look at it and ride it every day and if you don't like it then it's always going to bother you.
So, just curious, how did you know there wasn't a horse out ther who better suited your needs then the first one?

There is nothing wrong with buying horse number one after seeing a few. Many first time buyers buy horses for the wrong reasons. They buy the prettiest or the first horse they see or the ones they feel the worst for. Buying with your brain isn't always easy for a first timer, for some its never gets easy to buy with your brain!
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